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Xavier moving into Big East with much deeper, more experienced roster led by Christon

  • This photo made Feb. 26, 2013, in Cincinnati, shows Xavier guard Semaj Christon in action against Memphis in an NCAA college basketball game. Xavier plays their first season in the Big East this year. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    This photo made Feb. 26, 2013, in Cincinnati, shows Xavier guard Semaj Christon in action against Memphis in an NCAA college basketball game. Xavier plays their first season in the Big East this year. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo made Jan. 19, 2013, in Cincinnnati, shows Xavier guard Dee Davis in action against LaSalle in an NCAA college basketball game. Xavier plays their first season in the Big East this year. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    This photo made Jan. 19, 2013, in Cincinnnati, shows Xavier guard Dee Davis in action against LaSalle in an NCAA college basketball game. Xavier plays their first season in the Big East this year. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo made Feb. 23, 2013, in Cincinnati, shows Xavier head coach Chris Mack yelling instructions during an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Commonwealth. Xavier plays their first season in the Big East this year. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    This photo made Feb. 23, 2013, in Cincinnati, shows Xavier head coach Chris Mack yelling instructions during an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Commonwealth. Xavier plays their first season in the Big East this year. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)  (The Associated Press)

The Big East banners have replaced the Atlantic 10 ones at the top of the Cintas Center. Xavier is ready for its move into the new league, bringing a much deeper and more experienced roster this time.

The Musketeers are in position to rebound from a rare down season. They went 17-14 and fell out of the race for their shot at a final A-10 title, undercut by injuries and a lack of experience.

They return point guard Dee Davis and shooting guard Semaj Christon, who led the team in scoring as a freshman with 15.2 points per game. The front line has been reconfigured, and several newcomers are expected to play important roles.

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